Brigitte Henriques at a press conference on July 5, 2019.

OLYMPIC COMMITTEE – Brigitte Henriques, 50, vice-president of the French Football Federation (FFF), was elected this Tuesday, June 29, president of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF): she is the first woman to gain access to this position since its inception in 1972.

She obtained the absolute majority in the first round with 577 votes, or 57.87% of the votes cast, and is well ahead of the former Olympic champion Thierry Rey, who collects 19.26% of the votes, a score far from her ambitions.

The 108 presidents of federations therefore voted overwhelmingly for the candidate supported by the outgoing president, Denis Masseglia. She had insisted during her campaign on the place to give back to sport, battered during the pandemic.

“I want to dedicate this victory to all women”

Three years before the Olympic Games to be held in Paris, the French Olympic world is also sending a strong message by electing a woman in a very masculine world, with only 14 women out of the 108 federation presidencies.

“I want to dedicate this victory to all women, first of all to my daughters Barbara and Fanny (…) but also to Garance Oulaldj because she can be proud of her mother”, she declared after her election, a nod to one of the candidates Emmanuelle Bonnet-Oulaldj, from amateur sport, and who finished 3rd with more than 16% of the votes.

The former international footballer also spoke of “the women who have inspired me so much”, quoting Alice Milliat, and “all those to whom I want to say that we must dare to apply, and access positions of responsibility”.

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